So I was trying to do the heart-shaped bokeh here, and was having major difficulty. Not only with Alaina NOT sitting still, but also because I apparently didn't cut the hole in the filter correctly for the lens I was using. I decided to try and play around with it. I converted it, played with the curves a little, color selected her eyes, added a glow to only the eyes, and added a vignette to help mask the fact that I had screwed up with the filter. How did I do?
I don't think that the vignette works here, because it's going up on to her face. The conversion looks a little grey for my tastes, so I feel like it could be brightened up a bit more. I personally don't like color selection, but I know that some do. I think that you're too close here. I can see some distortion going on. I'd back up next time. Shame that the bokeh didn't work. Are you going to give it another try? I've been wanting to try some shaped bokeh, but just haven't got around to it yet.
The first picture is the original, so you can see that the blackness up to her face was already there. That's why I thought to add the vignette-- this way it was at the top as well. I wish I knew how to make the b&w less gray. I've been playing with it, but haven't been too successful there. I have some tutorials on my list to read. I generally am not a fan of color selection myself either, but I wanted something to show off her eyes. I think they are really pretty with the dk gray, but I think they might still be changing? I am going to try again. She kept scooting toward me, that's why she was so close. I was just trying desperately to make something semi ok looking to show for all the work we put into fixing up the background. :/ we have a children's rocking chair at my grandmothers I think, that I want to borrow. I'm hoping if they have something to sit on, they will stay put. Maybe.
Yeah, the dark area on the chin doesn't quite work. Can you dodge it a little, try to reduce that darkness? In terms of the conversion, have you played with curves? I usually brighten the mid-tones and then slightly darken the shadows to make it pop a bit more and make it brighter.
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You received some great advice. Remind me- what are you working in program wise?
I believe GIMP has the dodge/burn tool. Look it up online and see if you can find that specific tool. Or maybe Tracy can help.